Released Year : January 3, 2005 to ????
No of Episodes : 1
Genre : Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Mecha,Sci-Fi
Plot : A virtual world was created by the present-day network called the "Digital World". The "Digital Monster", which is a digital life object, was born, and the host computer Yggdrasil managed the different Digital World areas. However, it developed the X Program of fear to eliminate all Digimon in the old world and develop a new Digital World for only certain Digimon... Now, the greatest crisis ever approaches the Digital World. The X-Digimon, a new type of Digital Monster, is hunted by the Royal Knights who protect the Digital Worlds. Their master, the network overseer Yggdrasil, seeks to set in motion Project Ark to renew the Digital Worlds and create new Digimon, but at the cost of all other digital life. This new X-Digimon will seek out the answers to its own existance as it tries to protect the life of all Digimon, and in the process it will change the Digital Worlds forever. (Source: ANN)
Our Review : Every Digimon season has one or more short films that serve to tell something that didn’t fit anywhere into the original. However, Digimon X – Evolution is a self-standing film of film length that has a story and world of its own. It doesn’t depend on popularity of anything as it creates something completely new. The question is, does it need other series to look appealing or can it truly stand on its own?
Probably the first thing any Digimon fan is going to notice is the lack of human characters and complete focus on the Digimon and the Digital World. This is further emphasised by using CGI for animation. This setting will either chase Digimon fans away or pull them in depending on whether they watched Digimon series for human characters or for the world itself. I was really happy when I found out that this was only about Digimon because it’s something that hadn’t been explored before.
Like I wrote before, the story is completely set in the Digital World. However, the Digital World is close to destruction. The main problem is that it got overpopulated as thus the host computer, Yggdrasil, decided to let only the chosen few live. The Royal Knights, protectors of Yggdrasil and the strongest Digimon in existence, are to execute that task. So begins the hunt of Digimon by Digimon and complete chaos ensues. The film doesn’t even try to go lightly about it and the ugliness of strong fighting the weakest is fully shown. In comes our lead, Dorumon, that doesn’t remember anything and his goal is both finding his purpose and surviving. However, soon its discovered that Yggdrasil’s plan isn’t exactly the same as he told his Royal Knights and they face a difficult decision, to stay by their master and watch the death of many Digimon or to protect those, that are helpless and oppose the one they swore their loyalty to.
We are watching the growth of Dorumon, not only evolution wise but also nature wise and maturity wise. While not being exactly an action anime lead, Dorumon is rather weak and helpless, what is something even he acknowledges, he has a very realistic character. His only goal is his survival and survival of his friends but he get swept into hell very fast. He is never black or white and never tries to have moral upper hand. The Royal Knights aren’t exactly villains either. They face very difficult decisions and each of them solves it differently. Every character has their own nature, both good and bad sides and the also make bad and good decisions. No character is what they seem at first sight.
Animation is very fluent and for CGI truly amazing even though I generally hate it. To me it made the atmosphere much better because it really gave me the feeling like it was happening inside of a computer. And at times it made me wonder whether a computer should really have the right to control the lives of living beings. That’s one of the things I really liked about this film. While it rises very philosophical questions for a Digimon film it never asks them directly but rather shows them to you.
The only real problem I had with this film was that the setting was very complicated and since we were thrown right into the middle along with Dorumon, there was never time for explaining things in depth. Most of the situation had to be deduced by what was going on. That isn’t a generally bad thing but in an action film full of stuff happening left and right it was changing too fast to keep track of it. Generally, I’d say that enjoyment depends on what the idea of Digimon only film makes you feel. If it interests you, watch this. If not, don’t bother or give it a try but don’t expect much of it.